Doctoral Student

BA, Sociology & Public Policy, University of Chicago


Cameron Day studies the histories of institutions of social control. How have "problem people" been identified and acted upon in societies throughout history? How have these institutions developed over time and what continuity, if any, exists between ancient and modern methods of control? How is the activity of social control related to the concepts and language employed to understand it? Cameron has studied the spatial concentration of urban public health crises, the application of clinical science to social problems by nonprofit organizations, and the intellectual history of risk assessment tools in the criminal justice system. He is currently researching the pre-history of the prison and its relationship to monasteries in medieval England and is also working on developing a program for empirical sociology founded in the thought of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.